Who’s says you have to be rich to look just as good as your favourite A-Lister? Just because something is a bargain doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of the cult beauty status. But what budget friendly beauty products can compete against the luxury items? I’ve got a few that you might be surprised to find out about.
First up lets talk skin care:
There has been a huge buzz around oils, serum and acids lately. And when used correctly they don’t disappoint. But you might not have seen too many without a $50+ price tag that can battle it out against the beauty heavy weights.
Have you heard of the brand ‘The Ordinary‘?
It’s a plain packaged, no frills cruelty free beauty company that specialises in key ingredients to target your exact needs at affordable prices. Serums start from just $12.90 and you can find them at Priceline, Myer and online at Adore beauty. It is definitely work a look. I love the Lactic Acid treatment to help my congested skin shed some deep down impurities, but its winning product that got the attention of beauty editors and addicts all over the world was their Hyaluronic Acid 2% +B5. Known for its targeted hydration boost, this little jar of goodness put The Ordinary on the map.
This one has been around for years and years. But it is definitely worth the mention.
If you have ever suffered with dry skin, cracked lips or just want to keep the hydration up, then the Lanolips 101 Treatment balm is your go-to bargain beauty buy. While it’s not vegan (as it contains lanolin) it is cruelty free. I prep almost every client of mine with the 101 treatment on their lips before any makeup and it never disappoints. I also use it on rough skin, cuticles, elbows and knees before an event. Available from your local Priceline or Mecca from $14-$18.
Take it off: Sukin Micellar Water
This is where I’m a stickler for really good quality. There is nothing I hate more than feeling like I’m scrubbing my eyes to take my waterproof products off only to jump in the shower only find myself looking like a wet Avril Lavigne Fan circa 1999. So when I did some digging and found out my absolute holy grail micellar water was tested on animals I instantly went on the hunt to find an ethical replacement for it. I tried numerous versions until I found Sukin’s Micellar Water. I have not looked back since. Comparing prices, it’s so affordable. Just $10.99 at Priceline for 250mL compared to $25 for the same amount in other brands. Can’t complain at all.
Body Beauty Bargains:
Shower Essentials like Body wash can get pricey if you are looking for an ethical option. I try as much as I can to use cruelty free and nasty chemical free when it comes to body wash because my skin gets so dry, particular in the cooler months. The more natural and nourishing the better.
Only Good: Body Wash
These guys have nailed the boutique look without the price tag. For a bottle around half a litre its only $8 and Priceline often have sales bring them down even cheaper. The scents are beautiful with Lime & Coconut (Love!), Manuka Honey with Calendula and Tea Tree, and loads more.
Available at Priceline and Coles
Pre and Post Tan: Le Tan Exfoliating Mitt
Every glamour girl knows dead skin is the worst thing to add to your fake tan. So rather than buying an exfoliant or body scrub, a mitt is the best way to go because you only need to buy it once.
Available from $5 from Chemists, Super markets, Priceline and online
Spa Time: Milk Bath from The Body Shop
This is something I love, a scoop or two of this in your bath and all your worries just melt away. Perfect for the melanin-challenged beauty lovers after a bit too much sun and a gentle remedy for irritated skin. The Milk Bath powder packs a tonne of moisture into your skin while you soak in the bath. All you need now is a glass of wine an a good read.
Makeup Must haves
Lets start with Prep: The Ordinary High Adherance Silicon Primer
Its seriously amazing. And only $8.80. I know! Amazing right?! This is the better choice for oily skin but they also have one for dryer skin types of those of us looking for a more dewy finish. You can find it at Myer, Priceline and online at Adore Beauty
For the Contour queens: Australis AC On Tour Palettes
You need to try Australis AC on Tour contouring palettes. The Powder palettes are cheaper than their cream counter parts but both are really good value when you compare them to brands like MAC, Anastasia Beverly Hills and basically anything else. the AC on Tour palettes start from just $16.95. Pick one up at Priceline, some chemists and also Kmart (who has the mini versions for just $11.00!)
Bargain Babes will be contoured to the max with this awesome little palette.
Now for the eyeshadow lovers: Chi Chi Cosmetics Eye Shadow Palettes
You can’t ignore Chi Chi Cosmetics for their value and quality. When I was 16 or 17 I was given a whole kit from Chi Chi Cosmetics and it was amazing and lasted me forever. And today their quality is just as good, if not better. Their Eyeshadow Palettes are really versatile and the colour options rival some of the most youtube worthy collections from HudaBeauty, Anastasia Beverly Hills and Tarte. For just $17.50-25 you really can’t go wrong. Grab your own at Target in the beauty section along with their Cream eye shadows if you love a mega metallic finish.
I’m sure with all these beauty steals you’ll be posting #makeuphaul in no time. While most of these items you can find at Priceline, the obvious beauty haven, don’t forget the Target beauty section. It has some great stuff too and its pretty reasonable priced which is a bonus.
Do you have a beauty bargain you love?